Definition of equate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkwāt/


[with object]
1Consider (one thing) to be the same as or equivalent to another: customers equate their name with quality
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  • Over the years, people have come to equate his name with evil.
  • Those who equate hunting foxes with abusing children reduce humanity to the moral equivalent of mice.
  • Branding means equating your name to a certain topic, product, or service.
identify, compare, liken, associate, connect, link, relate, class, bracket
1.1 [no object] (equate to/with) (Of one thing) be the same as or equivalent to (another): that sum equates to half a million pounds today
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  • They add that this would equate to the equivalent output of ‘two average power stations’.
  • The charges I shall have to pay to park weekly will equate to almost the equivalent of a year's subscriptions to be a choir member.
  • Unions say the latest offer is a complex deal under which all workers would receive a lump sum in December equating to a 2.7 per cent rise for the six month-period from April to September.
correspond, be equivalent, amount;
1.2Cause (two or more things) to be the same in quantity or value: the level of prices will move to equate supply and demand
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  • Separately, the real risk-free rate is an equilibrium rate, equating the overall supply and demand for funds.
  • The price level - in the longer run - equates the demand for money to the supply.
  • The efficient amount of news coverage equates the value of the marginal story with the value of alternative uses of these resources.
equalize, balance, even out/up, level, square, tally, match;
make equal, make even, make equivalent



Pronunciation: /-təbəl/
Example sentences
  • There are some talented people that are equatable.
  • It has, to some extent, been reconcentrated in Israel (but cookery in that country is not equatable with Jewish cookery as it comprises other elements also).
  • There is no question that the West, by an accident of geography the ‘dominant’ culture, is easily equatable with modernity.


Middle English (in the sense 'make equal, balance'): from Latin aequat- 'made level or equal', from the verb aequare, from aequus (see equal). Current senses date from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with equate

abate, ablate, aerate, ait, await, backdate, bait, bate, berate, castrate, collate, conflate, crate, create, cremate, date, deflate, dictate, dilate, distraite, donate, downstate, eight, elate, estate, fate, fête, fixate, freight, frustrate, gait, gate, gestate, gradate, grate, great, gyrate, hate, hydrate, inflate, innate, interrelate, interstate, irate, Kate, Kuwait, lactate, late, locate, lustrate, mandate, mate, migrate, misdate, misstate, mistranslate, mutate, narrate, negate, notate, orate, ornate, Pate, placate, plate, prate, prorate, prostrate, pulsate, pupate, quadrate, rate, rotate, sate, sedate, serrate, short weight, skate, slate, spate, spectate, spruit, stagnate, state, straight, strait, Tate, tête-à-tête, Thwaite, translate, translocate, transmigrate, truncate, underrate, understate, underweight, update, uprate, upstate, up-to-date, vacate, vibrate, wait, weight

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Syllabification: e·quate

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